HMS VICTORY and Lord Nelson
The VICTORY was launched 1765 in the navy yard of Chatham. From the start this ship of the line was equipped with 100 cannons, but found her first employment only in 1778 in the battle near Ouessant against the French. Afterwards there were several sea-engagements in shorter sequence, 1781 again Ouessant, followed by 1782 at Gibraltar, 1793 at Toulon, 1794 at Corsica and 1797 at Cape Sao Vicente.
On 18 May 1803 she became the flagship of admiral Horatio Nelson. He achieved two years later, on 21 October 1805, in the battle of Trafalgar the probably most important victory in the naval history of England.
In 1922 the VICTORY was laid into a dry dock at Portsmouth and has been open for visitors since. Despite all changes in the long history of the ship and the numerous repairs, today she still holds many of the original woods from 1765. More information on the ship you get from HMS Victory, the official website of the National Museum of the Royal Navy.
On a visit to Portsmouth in 2007 I took
photos of the ship in dry dock.
The VICTORY ship model, photos, description and dimensions
This model of the VICTORY is a beautiful piece of work. All details of rigging and hull are exquisitely worked out, the underwater part of the hull has copper plates.
The ship model was built without sails to allow for a better view on the impressive rigging.
The ship model is 1 : 78 scale. Length is 128 cm,
width 46 cm, height 93 cm.
The stand of the model is provided by two wedges fixed to strip of copper sheet. They are placed midships below the keel.